Woman sick at home on couch with flu

NEWS // december 4, 2020

fight flu! get the flu vaccine and wash your hands!

Harrison Bolter, Health Information Specialist II, Public Health Services

The holiday season is here and so is flu season! Getting the flu can quickly ruin your holiday. The flu can make you very sick or even result in hospitalization or death. Prepare for this busy season to make sure that you and your family stay healthy.

Help protect your health, and your family’s health, by getting the flu vaccine (and encourage everyone around you to get a flu shot too)! Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every flu season.

This flu season, getting the flu vaccine is more important than ever. A flu shot can help prevent the flu, hospitalizations, and deaths can also help reduce the burden on our healthcare systems and save resources needed to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

December 6th-12th is National Influenza Vaccination Week

National Influenza Vaccination Week (December 6th-12th) is a reminder that December, January, or even later is NOT too late to a get the flu vaccine!

Flu season lasts through spring which means people continue to be at risk of getting sick with the flu during this time. Getting a flu shot is also a part of the Building Better Health component of the Live Well San Diego vision.

Flu vaccines available

Flu vaccines are available throughout the county. You can get a flu shot from your doctor, local pharmacy, or other retail stores. Flu vaccines are also available at County of San Diego regional Public Health Centers. Get your flu vaccine now to help protect your health throughout the holiday season and beyond.

Visit the San Diego County Immunization Unit website for more information, including Frequently Asked Questions About Influenza During the 2020-21 Flu Season. For a list of locations providing flu shots, visit the Flu Vaccine Locations page.

Wash Your Hands

Another important step to keep yourself healthy is to wash your hands often, with plenty of soap and warm water, for at least 20 seconds. December 6th-12th is also National Handwashing Awareness Week, a reminder that frequent and thorough handwashing not only helps reduce the spread of the flu, but also COVID-19, colds, and other illnesses year-round.

The flu makes a lousy holiday gift! Protect your health, your family, and your community. #FightFlu! Get the flu vaccine and wash your hands!